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"Great location, great value”
Hilltop Inn
fmg120 12 contributions rochester,ny
Oct 5, 2009 | Trip type: Friends getaway my friend smokes so it's hard to get a smoking room sometimes and we decided at the last minute to head for vermont so she was grateful they could accomadate her bad habit. even though it was a smoking room, it did not reek of smoke.
the pool was fantastic, very warm, felt good on the joints

“Can't find a better value than this in Montpelier.”
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maxim531 26 contributions Charlotte, North Carolina
Jul 21, 2009 | Trip type: Family 2people found this review helpfulJust finished a stay here while returning from Canada.

NAVIGATION TO THE INN: Our Garmin GPS was unable to map to this address so we had to inquire as to directions on how to get to the Hilltop Inn via phone. The front staff who responded, although friendly, didn't know directions to the place personally and had to ask for directions from a colleague. While this was perfectly acceptable to us, the problem was that she gave directions to the Hilltop Inn by saying first, right, second left at the light, with a not too confident sound as to what the names of the roads were. In order to help out of town travelers find your hotel, it may be helpful for front staff to have a detailed map by the phones to help guide travelers in from the major highways.

We ultimately found the Hilltop inn and some of the other reviews have been fairly accurate in the description of the hotel as a whole being "classic" in terms of last date of renovations and updates.

PARKING: The parking lot is cratered and uneven over much of its area (to be fair we did observe a dump truck by a large pile of broken up asphalt that appeared to be undergoing fixes so kudos to the management for addressing this issue with the parking).

When you first walk in the first thing you notice is the smell of a smoking establishment. It would appear that the Hilltop Inn used to be a very smoker friendly establishment until the new management instituted a policy of no-smoking in its guest rooms (each of the non-smoking designated rooms has a big red sign on the front indicating no-smoking was to be allowed in the rooms).

I requested a crib for my seven month old and the staff noted the request. Very straightforward check-in process with a map to the facilities and the Wifi network password located on the back of the sheet. The Hilltop actually uses hard keys vs. magnetic key cards. Our room was located in the far end of the Inn which is a pretty decent walk from the main office. Checkout is at 11AM.

BREAK ROOM: Immediately opposite the check in counter is a break area with free coffees, teas and a full size ping pong table with flat screen tv in the corner. This was actually a pretty decent break area that I hadn't expected at this price point.

ROOMS: We had a double Queen bed room and although the room isn't updated to the levels of a Westin/Ritz Carlton/Four Seasons quality, beds, room, and bathrooms were clean. The management dropped off the baby crib requested and although an older unit, worked well with the crisp clean sheets that the management dropped off with us as well. TV was an older unit that had a satellite connection with lots of channels including 2 Indian channels (that was a first - never seen Indian programming offered at a hotel before). AC units in the room were older and somewhat loud, but sufficient. Carpets needed some updating, and although clean, showed a lot of residual stains from past residents over the years.

The bathroom while clean, had a permanent ring stain around the bathtub drains that wasn't cosmetically appealing.

POOL: The day we were there we planned on taking the little one into the indoor pool however the pool appeared to be closed early due to some kind of storm coming into the area. So can't comment on whether the pool was good. Interestingly enough the way the pool being closed was communicated to guests is by a long chain link being stretched across the access hallway to the pool (only one hallway access to the pool). A sign saying pool closed on the chain would have been helpful.

WIFI: The inn uses as least 4 different Wifi networks to ensure coverage throughout the entire property. Unfortunately there was a problem with the 4th network during our visit and we were unable to connect. Management indicated that Verizon had been contacted and a service representative had been dispatched to address the problem. At any rate, it was easy enough to walk to another part of the property to get a wifi signal and check emails.

Note: Their free business center consists of a single PC connected to the network. And while I'm sure it was fine for any task, there was always a line queued up for it. Be sure to bring your own laptop/PDA with wifi because it'll take awhile to get access.

CONCLUSION: You can't find a better value in Montpelier on a per night basis. If you want clean hotel rooms with free wifi, coffees, and teas, and can tolerate some residual smoking smells in the hallways (never smelled smoky in our rooms) with a few cosmetic-only stains around the bathtub drains then Hilltop Inn is the value choice.
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“Great hotel for economy price”
Hilltop Inn
LLambert14 1 contribution TN
May 22, 2009 | Trip type: Solo travel 1person found this review helpfulI traveled from TN to VT to visit a friend who lived here...he recommended this place. Believe me, I'm a picky person when it comes to hotel rooms. And I'd stay here again. Upon arrival, I was impressed with the entrance/lobby area. It was clean, cozy and welcoming. The desk staff was friendly and helpful. We booked a smoking room, so of course it did smell like stale smoke when we entered. But I was glad to have the option since I am a smoker. I was also glad that the windows open so I could ventilate the room when I wanted to. The room itself was clean. The bed was a comfortable pillowtop with clean, crisp sheets, and there was a comfy sofa with a hide-away bed. The bathroom was very clean, which I'm particular about. There was body wash and shampoo dispensers in there...and free samples of lotion, etc. My only complaint is that the showerhead is a little low for the average height person, but it's no big deal since the water pressure is good and plenty of hot water. There were also several exit/entrance doors throughout the building, so we had easy access from different sides of the hotel. I appreciated that. I enjoyed the fresh coffee available all day in the lobby, and the ping-pong table in the rec area. We stayed for several days and didn't want to be disturbed by the housekeepers, so I found them cleaning other rooms during the day and asked for towels, etc. They were very nice and accomodating. One even gave some treats to my friend's daughter. Very nice! Overall, I enjoyed my stay and would recommend this place to anyone who likes a comfortable place to stay with good service. I didn't use the pool but I went to check it out and it looked clean and the water felt warm and heated. The only recommondation I would make to the staff is to maybe put air fresheners in the smoking rooms to help with the smell. Other than that...it was a great stay!
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“Not too bad for the price”
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sylvie.mac 19 contributions ottawa
May 17, 2009 | Trip type: Family We stayed here en route to Boston at the last minute and found a discount through roomsaver.com. It was a pretty convienent location, right off the highway, and right near the Berlin Mall. The room was pretty clean, nice large sized bathroom, microwave and fridge.
Although the hotel was okay, the food at the restaurant next door was terrible. There is an Appleby's nearby and a huge grocery store to get food as the restaurant closes early.
There is coffee, tea and hot chocolate downstairs for the patrons.
The only thing is really didn't like is the laundry facilities. My daughter got sick on route and so I had to wash everything she got sick on. The washer and dryer need to get replaced as it took hours to do one load. If you can, do laundry somewhere else!
You can tell the hotel is kinda old, could use for some upgrading, but really, it was fine for one night. We didn't use the pool so I can't comment on that.

“What a pleasure!!”
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BJCW 28 contributions New Yorker
Oct 25, 2008 | Trip type: Couples Hilltop Inn was a great experience. The rooms are attractive and clean, really clean, comfortable beds; heat and a/c in good working order, in-room refrigerator, bright and cheery lighting; pleasant and friendly staff. If you are visiting in the Montpelier area, don't miss out on this great place to stay. And it just happens to be across the street from a medical center and a mall. All of this at a reasonable rate.....definitely a winner!

“Not too bad”
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snelsonilm 1 contribution Wilmington, NC
Oct 18, 2008 | Trip type: Couples I was very worried about staying at this hotel after reading the reviews, but during peak foliage season, rooms are hard to find! When we got to the hotel, I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't a 5 star, but everything was very clean and neat. You can tell they have been working on upgrades. There was a slight musty smell in the hall way, but our room was fine. There was new wall paper up, and new minifridge and microwave. Our room had a king bed, sleeper sofa, and round table and chairs. You don't find that much room in a hotel anymore. I would be more than fine to stay at this hotel again, as long as the price stays around $100 a night.

“It's a nice enough motel - no complaints at all”
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BroadwayMatron 2 contributions Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 12, 2008 | Trip type: Solo travel 2people found this review helpfulQuick Review: Nice, decent, clean. I will stay there again.

My husband had stayed at the LeGue Inn often in the past so when I wanted to visit my new grand baby in Barre he suggested them. They are now called the Hilltop Inn and when I read the reviews here I was down-right scared. Of course none of the other hotel/motels got a great review either.

I booked directly with the motel for $79 per night (which was less than all the travel-booking sites). Even tho I smoke, I chose a non-smoking room since, let's face, they are nicer and don't reek. I don't have a problem with going out to the parking lot to have a cigarette. Besides it keeps me from smoking too much and I never cheat - no smoking room means NO SMOKING.

I had a very nice large room with 2 double beds (I was traveling alone), a microwave and refrigerator, neither of which I had any need for. There was a big table and 2 comfy chairs. A nice big tv (and yes, there are like 5 cable channels that play Indian programs). The place was very clean. They have great bodywash and shampoo in the shower, and best of all for me, since I am slightly disabled, there is a non-skid bath mat in the tub. the bathroom was big and clean.

If you are worried about clean - don't be. I am a bit of a clean-freak and I had no complaints whatsoever. The lobby area is nice - hey, this is not the Waldorf. There is complimentary, coffee,tea and hot chocolate, which I took advantage of. There is a computer with internet access available - no charge. I didn't check out the pool area since I had no interest in it.

Suzanna's Restaurant is also very nice - had breakfast there every morning. Friendly people, good food, decent prices. They even packed up 2 blueberry muffins for me to take out since I had a long train ride home, When I opened the box, there was butter and knives. A nice touch.

I have absolutely no complaints about the Hilltop Inn. I've paid more to stay in lesser places. It's clean, the staff is nice enough, the restaurant (which is NOT owned and operated by the motel) is pleasant, with great breakfasts and killer blueberry muffins.

Do not hesitate to stay here if you are in the area. Don't let these scary reviews put you off. If this sounds like too much positive feedback, it isn't. Those negative reviews almost made me cancel my trip because of a lack of a decent place to stay. The Hilltop Inn is a decent place to stay. I will stay there again.
Liked — Clean and pleasant surroundings. Great breakfasts at the attached restaurant. Nice folks
Disliked — The smoking rooms are up front - I hated walking down that hallway to my room.
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